Biden tasks Harris with tackling migrant influx on US-Mexico border

Biden tasks Harris with tackling migrant influx on US-Mexico border
President Biden said he was giving his second-in-command "a tough job". Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: President Joe Biden has put Vice-President Kamala Harris in charge of tackling migrant influx at the southern border following a big surge of new arrivals.

The US president said he was giving Ms Harris a “tough job” but that she was “the most qualified person to do it”.

The numbers of migrants arriving have grown since Mr Biden took office in last November.

The migrant influx include hundreds of unaccompanied minors who are currrently being held in immigration detention facilities.

Mr Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, was widely criticised over his administration’s treatment of young migrants at the US-Mexico border.

The Biden administration has reversed a policy of turning away unaccompanied minors, instead choosing to process the children and place them with sponsoring families in the US.

But the president’s critics say his policies have led to a surge in illegal migration.

US Customs officials in February took more than one hundred thousand people into custody along the southern border, a 28% increase on the previous month.

Announcing the Vice President Haris’s appointment as his immigration czar, Joe Biden told reporters and officials at the White House: “She’s the most qualified person to do it, to lead our efforts with Mexico and the Northern Triangle [Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador], and the countries that are going to need help in stemming the movement of so many folks – stemming the migration to our southern border”.

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